Historical background info
“Meanwhile, the two Panzergrenadier regiments were slowly fighting their way through the Russian perimeter on the northern edge of the Red Square but were not able to make contact with Meyer’s battalion, which by that time was fighting for its very existence. In response to the critical situation, SS-Standartenfuhrer Wisch ordered Peiper’s halftrack battalion to break through to Meyer. Peiper seized an intact bridge, fought through the city and established contact with Witt at the Red Square. By that time, one of Meyer’s companies was encircled in a cemetery and another was pinned down in the upper floors of a school building.
It was this passage from the book: “Platz der Leibstandarte” that inspired me to make this vignette.
A third company was out of touch with Meyer and its precarious situation was unclear. Before daylight on March 13th, Peiper smashed through the Russian defenses in the center of the city and reached Meyer’s beleaguered battalion.
The rest of Wisch’s regiment followed in the wake of Peiper’s thrust and began the fight for the southern half of Kharkov. Witt’s grenadier batalions cleared the Red Square, secured the surrounding area and made contact with Wisch’s battalions. The panzergrendaier battalions came on line and drove forward in a coordinated attack. Battle groups methodically blasted the Soviet troops out of their defensive positions, supported by point blank fire from howitzers, tanks and assault guns. The Russian troops that survived were forced into the southeastern quadrant of the city. Dynamic young officers such as Kurt Meyer, Max Wunsche and Jochen Peiper personally led attack columns that struck deep into the city, eventually forcing the Russian troops to abandon Kharkov. When “Leibstandarte” role in each phase of Manstein’s Kharkov counterattack is taken into consideration it is clear why its men, after enduring losses necessary to retake the city’s blood stained streets and ruined buildings, renamed the enormous Red Square as “Platz der Leibstandarte”. Over 11.000 Waffen-SS soldiers and over 40.000 Russian soldiers were killed or wounded during the battle of Kharkov from January 30 – March 20, 1943.”
SOURCE: PLATZ DER LEIBSTANDARTE ISBN 0-9657584-7
Info for scalemodellers
Two German ss soldiers from Leibstandarte are on the corner of that cemetery in Kharkov, defending their position until they are released by Meyer’s company. The weather condition during this period, the night from the 12th until March 13th was very bad, the winter was ending but it could be quiet cold in the night. The Streets were paved with mud and snow. On the corner there is a death Russian soldier laying in the mud face down still carrying the Russian flag, because he is possibly shot in the back and frozen. The German with the sniper gun is looking at this horrible shot of death Iwan, and perhaps he to will be laying in the mud. I used a small head as skull put on the roadsign by the Germans or Russians, to indicate the cemetery the tree would at some height to the vignette.
The tree is made of simple leftover plastic sprue, heated above a candle and stretched until the desired length, be carefully. Cut the stretched sprue and glue the pieces on a dried death branch, branch for branch, The snow mud mixture was made as follow, for the mud I use the leftovers of the coffee filter, mixed with white glue and water and some rubbish like little pebbles and stones, mix this and add depending on the kind of mud effect you like to achieve shiny wet or not, some transparent lack. I use Tamiyas clear acrylic for this job. The snow is a product I found in my local hobby shop, I mix it with some water and white glue and use an old brush, to really paint with the snow, instead of using a technique with a spraycan and dropping the snow from a height onto the model, I think this technique is better to control the placement of the snow as you can see the results are quite realistic and this is snow thta last forever. The figures from dragon are build straight ahead. I only changed 1 head into a more realistic sniper head from Warriors and gave him a sniper riffle. Roadsigns were printered on a colourprinter and glued on plasticcard. The fence and the walls are build from plastic stips and plaster. The little green bench is also from plasticstrips and then airbrushed with several tones of green and brown colours.[/three_fifth][one_full last=”yes” spacing=”yes” center_content=”no” hide_on_mobile=”no” background_color=”#000000″ background_image=”” background_repeat=”no-repeat” background_position=”left top” border_size=”0px” border_color=”” border_style=”solid” padding=”” margin_top=”” margin_bottom=”” animation_type=”0″ animation_direction=”down” animation_speed=”0.1″ class=”” id=””][images picture_size=”auto” autoplay=”no” columns=”5″ column_spacing=”10″ scroll_items=”” show_nav=”yes” mouse_scroll=”no” border=”no” lightbox=”yes” class=”” id=””][image link=”” linktarget=”_self” image=”http://www.dioramaworld.nl/wp-content/uploads/2015/05/DSC00022-653×490.jpg” alt=””][image link=”” linktarget=”_self” image=”http://www.dioramaworld.nl/wp-content/uploads/2015/01/DSC00009-653×490.jpg” alt=””][image link=”” linktarget=”_self” image=”http://www.dioramaworld.nl/wp-content/uploads/2013/06/2005_0102divers0020-368×490.jpg” alt=””][image link=”” linktarget=”_self” image=”http://www.dioramaworld.nl/wp-content/uploads/2015/01/02-735×490.jpg” alt=””][image link=”” linktarget=”_self” image=”http://www.dioramaworld.nl/wp-content/uploads/2015/05/DSC00028-653×490.jpg” alt=””][image link=”” linktarget=”_self” image=”http://www.dioramaworld.nl/wp-content/uploads/2015/05/DSC00028-653×490.jpg” alt=””][image link=”” linktarget=”_self” image=”http://www.dioramaworld.nl/wp-content/uploads/2015/05/kharkov-cemetery2.jpg” alt=””][/images][/one_full]